"He let Joe Biden come out and claimed Biden spilled the beans," Mr. Benedetto said. "That wasn't Biden spilling the beans. That was Biden being a stalking horse. It was an example of how well-managed they were, compared with how wide open the Trump administration is."
"You're just reinforcing those people who support you, who already have bought the idea that the media are totally against him," said Richard Benedetto, an adjunct journalism professor at American University and former White House correspondent. "They will cling to that. In the media atmosphere we're living in today, he's going to appease the people who support him, and he's not going to win any converts."